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LOCKDOWN LIFTED | Sydney celebrates freedom with pub lunches and beauty treatments

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From 12:01am today (Monday October 11) people in Greater Sydney are able to enjoy visiting friends and family, shopping, dining out and more.

The following restrictions have been eased for fully-vaccinated people:

  • The 5km travel rule has been abolished – you can now travel outside your LGA, within Greater Sydney.
  • Up to 10 visitors are permitted in homes (including children).
  • Gatherings of up to 30 will be permitted outdoors.
  • Non-essential retailers will reopen under the four sqm rule.
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants will reopen under the four sqm rule.
  • Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons will reopen under the four sqm rule, capped at 5 clients per premises.
  • Gyms, recreation facilities and indoor swimming classes will reopen under the four sqm rule, with classes capped at 20 people.
  • Stadiums, theme parks and zoos will be allowed a 5000-person capacity.
  • 500 people can attend indoor, seated and ticketed events.
  • Cinemas will reopen with up to 75 per cent capacity.
  • Funerals and weddings will be permitted with up to 100 guests, with dancing allowed at weddings.
  • Places of worship will reopen with the four sqm rule enforced.

General Manager of The Royal in Leichhardt Marty Lynch told Deborah Knight it’s “looking good” at his pub, with plenty of patrons booked in for meals.

“The local pub lunch is definitely back in fashion.”

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Director of The Art Gallery of NSW Michael Brand acknowledged there’s lots of competition for Sydneysiders’ first post-lockdown destinations, but confirmed the gallery is open and ready for visitors.

“We’re in such a beautiful public space with such great art on the walls and on the floor.

“We have a fantastic shop too of course, and a café!”

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Beautician Leah Ingram is in hot demand with summer on its way, and told Deborah people were lining up before her salon opened to get their dodgy at-home waxing fixed.

“You can see the regrowth, and it’s really bad!”

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Image: Getty

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